Inspiration struck yesterday and I couldn't rest until I made this image. There I was, teaching English, and I started wondering what the New Mutants characters-- my all-time fave super team-- would look like as 1960s-1970s Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Obviously, Dani Moonstar would be the central character and steal most of the screen-time, and Sam Guthrie would be the clumsy, self-doubting comedic relief, with Rahne Sinclair as Dani's cutesy-pie animal sidekick a la Scooby-Doo and various members of his family. Xi'an Coy Manh would be the mature voice of reason and Roberto da Costa the cocky muscle. Too many uncertain lines and I haven't finished designing Rahne in her half-wolf form. The doodles I did at work were a lot better than this. The first Xi'an I drew had some appealing lines in her face and along the hair flip I didn't quite capture here. That really inspired me to think I could pull this off. How wrong I was!
Then again, I did this in about 15 to 20 minutes this morning while eating breakfast and drinking coffee. I'll give it another go this evening and this weekend and see if I can't improve it. Ink it and apply a wash or maybe some watercolors. I'd love for it to come out looking like something found in the HB files, forgotten for years. Again we see there is nothing my imagination can possess which my fumbling art skills cannot take away.
To end on a positive note, I largely avoided tangents (except, most glaringly, Dani's highlights meeting her eyebrows and where her boot fringe meets Xi'an's shinbone), which pleases me, and I really like Sam's body language here. Just a slight slumping of the shoulders conveys quite a bit about his lack of self-confidence without over-selling it.